Innovation

Disrupting and Growing Businesses for Higher Education and the Students it Serves.

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Mission

Why we do what we do

– We understand the business of higher education.

– We’ve experienced the pitfalls, the frustration and the diminishing effectiveness
of “business as usual.”

– We are dedicated to taking our hands-on experience and combining it with the most
effective technology and concepts, borrowing from other business’ innovations.

– We are committed to improving the experience and success of both sides of the
higher education relationship: institutions and students.

– We bring expertise, technology and a commitment to smarter, faster, better and less
expensive solutions to outdated systems and practices whose effectiveness is rapidly diminishing.

Ventures

Empowering students to take control – flip the process of selecting and applying to colleges.

www.whatsbestforme.com
 
 


 
 

Higher education’s first openly accessible online database of prospective enrollees.
Recruiters select only the files that meet their criteria. No contracts required.

www.collegeleadexchange.com
 
 


 

Honoring institutions that provide quality education at a fair price.

www.bestvaluecolleges.org

New Opportunities

We are actively incubating, developing, and partnering with a focus
on new products and services for both sides of the higher education equation:
institutions and the students they serve.

Contact us if you are have a project or an idea to grow, advance or
disrupt the business of higher education.


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Our Team

L. Joseph Schmoke

L. Joseph Schmoke

Founder

Joe conceived the Company’s strategy and is the principal founder. Previously he was chairman and CEO of Andrew Jackson University (AJU), an accredited for-profit degree granting university that provides all its courses online. Prior to AJU he was the key strategist and a board member at Auto University, a training organization for the automotive industry. A longtime entrepreneur, Joe is the primary author of Vital Business Secrets for New and Growing Companies (Dow Jones- Irwin, 1989), and has been designated Distinguished Lecturer by the Graduate School of Business, Florida Atlantic University.

Jerry Israel, Ph.D.

Jerry Israel, Ph.D.

Co-founder

After retiring as president of the University of Indianapolis in 2005, his second post as president of a college, Jerry was temporary president of Lambuth University. He continues to provide strategy consulting services to a number of colleges and universities. He wrote The 75 Biggest Myths about College Admissions (Sourcebooks, 2008) debunking many of the misconceptions students and their families hold about selecting and entering college.

Barry Layne

Barry Layne

Chief Operating Officer & Chief Marketing Officer

Barry Layne is a pioneering digital management and marketing executive. He was founder and global head of Ketchum Communication’s worldwide digital media businesses; COO of ArtistDirect; Executive Vice President of National Lampoon; Senior Vice President of About, Inc.; and Co-Founder and Executive Vice President of FasTV.com.

Jay John Hellman, Ph.D., M.S.

Jay John Hellman, Ph.D., M.S.

Vice President, Strategy

An active investor and strategist in the business of higher education, Jay is also a visionary developer of real estate. His “Virtual Adjacency” concept predated the rise of smart devices and foretold the interconnectivity we all enjoy today.

Contact Us

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University Research & Review, LLC
Research Park at Florida Atlantic University
3651 FAU Boulevard, Suite 400-EE5
Boca Raton, FL 33431
561-594-1110